» 2016-2017 Alternative Break Trips

Impact Your World

Chapman University’s Alternative Break Program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with community agencies, needs, and populations in a week-long service and immersion experience. Civic Engagement Initiatives offers several Alternative Break Trip options with varying levels of direct service, learning, reflection, and immersion. The Alternative Break Program is designed to connect Chapman students to shared experiences that foster personal growth, mutual awareness, and civic engagement. The Program is committed to being a drug and alcohol free program.

For more information, contact a Civic Engagement Program Assistant at civic@chapman.edu.

Homelessness in the OC (Fall 2016)

Homelessness in the OC (Fall 2016)

Our first Fall trip will concentrate on education and service around the homelessness in Orange County. Participants will work with the Friendship Shelter and the OC Rescue Mission to prep and serve meals and learn about the severity of homelessness that exists in a county commonly labeled as “wealthy”. Participants will also be given insight into how gentrification has impacted small local businesses and the community as a whole.

Sustainability in Santa Cruz Island (Spring 2017)

Sustainability in Santa Cruz Island (Spring 2017)

Participants will work with the US National Park Service on Santa Cruz Island this spring break to create a positive impact on the environment and to grow through real world experience. Participants will spend a week on the island working with an ecologist and park staff on the Sea Bird habitat restoration and National Park conservation. During this alternative break, students will get a chance to work in a plant nursery and assist with beach cleanups.

Conservation in the Grand Canyon (Spring 2017)

Conservation in the Grand Canyon (Spring 2017)

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the United States' oldest and most renowned national parks. While the creation of the park in 1919 may have been a success of the early conservation movement, this natural wonder faces continued threats including mining, pollution, water conservation, forest restoration, vegetation, and invasive plants.  Chapman volunteers will stay in cabins owned by the Park and work with the Park staff to clean impacted areas in the park to restore the Canyon's ecosystems.  Participants will learn about the environment and history of the Grand Canyon and understand the importance of any conservation and restoration effort.

Homelessness in the Bay Area (Spring 2017)

Homelessness in the Bay Area (Spring 2017)

St. Vincent De Paul Society shelter, feeds and supports 410 homeless men and women daily, and provide drop-in services to another 70 persons. The non-profit offers meals, medical, employment, education, mental health and housing assistance; a library and computer lab; free weekly haircuts; as well as shower and laundry facilities. Trip participants will work with the organization to prep and serve meals, clean, and participate in arts. Students will return with a deeper understanding of the influences and impacts of homelessness and insight on the ways in which this problem is being addressed in the Bay Area.